Marlow's Tavern is heralding the return of summer by offering its popular "Red, White & Brew" menu through July 23. All eight locations of the neighborhood tavern are serving up dishes and filling glasses with beverages that conjure up memories of summers spent grilling in the backyard. Start things off with a light beer and cheese soup, Firecracker deviled eggs or a watermelon, feta and arugula salad ($3-$9). Patriotic proteins include the Red, White and Bleu burger decorated with red pepper, Vidalia onion and Maytag blue cheese and served with American fries; Backyard blackened swordfish with Red, White and Blue potato salad; honey-glazed grilled chicken with chili-slathered corn-on-the-cob; and grilled skirt steak "hot-off-the-grill" with summer squash and jumbo Vidalia onion rings ($11-$18). Banana cream pie in a glass with house-made bourbon caramel is an all-star ending ($6). The "Brew" menu plays it cool with a "Summertime" watermelon margarita or Tommy's Favorite Sangria ($8) or a "red" Rogue American Ale, "white" Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy or "blue" Sweetwater Blue ($5-$5.50).
If you fancy yourself handy with the tongs, consider entering the third annual Marlow's Tavern Grilling Recipe Contest running concurrently with the "Red, White and Brew" menu through July 23. Enter your favorite recipe online or at one of the tavern locations. Executive Chef John C. Metz will review all entries and announce a winner in August. First prize wins a Big Green Egg. Second prize wins a $50 Marlow's Tavern gift card and third prize is a Marlow's Tavern "Red, White and Brew" limited-edition t-shirt.